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Sunday 31 January 2016

WELCOME TO THE TOWER - a guest post by Jennifer Wilson

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming back my friend and fellow-author Jennifer C Wilson.  Jen has already appeared on my blog, and you can read her interview here, but today she's going to tell us a little more about the setting for her debut novel, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London - and also about a very special  limited-time offer.

Welcome back, Jen!

Hi Sue, and thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog today.

I recently read an article about certain characters you should avoid using in your fiction. One in particular stood out for me – the overuse of wish-fulfilment in your writing.

It was a slight concern, for a moment, given that Kindred Spirits: Tower of London is almost entirely that: fantasy conversations I would love to have been privy to. After all, if the ghosts of the Tower really did all hang out on a daily basis, just imagine the conversations they could have. Courtiers and peasants, from every period, Norman Conquest onwards, thrown together for potentially centuries – all those lovely conflicts to play with! How could I resist?

I’ve always loved losing myself in historic buildings, and the Tower was no exception. I managed to spend two whole days there (in truth, not enough) – one in a February blizzard, one in a blistering August heatwave. In truth, August was more conducive to creativity – it’s not quite so appealing to be sitting people-watching as you turn into a Yeti…

Kindred Spirits: Tower of London covers summer through winter at the Tower, getting to know the characters I was most keen to include; to be honest, if I included them all, I’d still be writing.

It is currently reduced to just 99p/c, until Thurs 4th February as part of Crooked Cat Publishing’s paranormal-themed week, and if you do take a look, I hope you enjoy meeting the Tower’s ghosts as much as I did.

Kindred Spirits: Tower of London:

A King, three Queens, a handful of nobles and a host of former courtiers…

In the Tower of London, the dead outnumber the living, with the likes of Tudor Queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard rubbing shoulders with one man who has made his way back from his place of death at Bosworth Field to discover the truth about the disappearance of his famous nephews.

Amidst the chaos of daily life, with political and personal tensions running high, Richard III takes control, as each ghostly resident looks for their own peace in the former palace – where privacy was always a limited luxury.

With so many characters haunting the Tower of London, will they all find the calm they crave? But foremost – will the young Plantagenet Princes join them?

About Jennifer:

Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots of childhood holidays (she has since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.

Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online. Her debut novel Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Publishing in October 2015.

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